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Windsor kayaker tracks down the Spanish Galleon

Several tall ships passed Windsor and Detroit this week heading to Bay City, Michigan for a tall ships gathering this coming weekend.

Steve Lutsch used the Great Lakes Ship Tracker to perfectly time his visit with tall ship

Steve Lutsch tracked the Spanish Galeon online and timed an up-close look with the tall ship as it passed by LaSalle on the Detroit River. (Steve Lutsch/Facebook)

Steve Lutsch tracked the Spanish Galleon tall ship online in order to get a close look as it passed by Windsor on the Detroit River.

His perfectly timed rendezvous took some delicate planning, but Lutsch caught up with the boat while paddling his kayak Tuesday evening just before sundown.

After following the 170-foot ship by using the Great Lakes Ship Tracker, he drove to LaSalle to launch his kayak. Lutsch figured the skies would be too dark by the time it reached Windsor.

"Had I waited for her to push upstream to my east Windsor, Riverside neighbourhood, I may not have the light required for a good photo image," he wrote on Facebook.

Perfect timing

Lutsch was right. He hit the water from the LaSalle Rowing Club and paddled out to meet the Spanish Galeon as he kayaked around Fighting Island.

"The ship was coming up the main ship channel," he wrote. "It was a classic experience. I even talked with some of the crew."

Several tall ships passed Windsor and Detroit this week, including a fleet of five that set sail from Fairport Harbour in Ohio.

"Our goal is to share all of the maritime, Spanish maritime history around the world," said Fernando Viota, one of 20 crew members on board the El Galleon Andalucia. "Since we built the ship in 2009, we've been in China, we've been in the Philliphines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, of course in Spain, Istanbul."

The crew arrived in Bay City, Michigan for a tall ships gathering this coming weekend.

Several tall ships passed Windsor and Detroit this week on their way to Bay City, Michigan for a tall ships gathering this coming weekend. (Steve Lutsch/Facebook)